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On average, San Diego County households lost $2,337 in purchasing power from 2010 to 2011, according to the Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI). The CPI culled the data from U.S. Census Bureau figures released today (Sept. 20). Median earnings of people employed in 10 of 15 county industries declined from 2007 levels, says CPI. More than one-third of county households suffered economic hardship in 2011, with half of them in outright poverty, according to CPI. Black and Latino families and women bear the brunt of poverty and low incomes. Of the 462,269 people living below the federal poverty line, 117,408 were employed and 137,084 were children, says CPI.

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Don Bauder Sept. 20, 2012 @ 1:09 p.m.

SAN DIEGO HOUSEHOLD INCOMES 5TH HIGHEST. The Census Bureau data released today show that San Diego's median household income is 5th in the nation at $61,000. First is San Jose at $77,000, second San Francisco at $70,000, third Washington DC at $63,000, and fourth Seattle at $61,000 (a hair higher than San Diego.) However, if you note the home values posted in a blog item below, you can see that housing prices are far higher in metro areas with higher median household incomes. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 20, 2012 @ 2:24 p.m.

MORE FACTS ABOUT SAN DIEGO. Here are more facts about the San Diego metropolitan area as released today by the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau. Of San Diegans 25 years of age or older, 86% have completed high school; that's not statistically different from the 85.9% for the nation as a whole. However, 41.1% of San Diegans 25 or older have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 28.5% nationally. Last year, the median value of an owner-occupied home was $429,200, compared with $173,600 in the nation as a whole. These figures differ from the Zillow figures in the blog item below, but there must be a methodology difference between how each figure is calculated, and I don't offhand know that difference. Census says median gross rent (rent plus utilities) was $1,227 compared with $871 for the nation as a whole. Again, the difference between this number and the Zillow number probably lies in the method of calculation.

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